(San Francisco) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) joined Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for a news conference at Northeast Medical Services in Chinatown to call for enactment of the Speaker’s Assembly Bill 2325, which would increase the number of medical interpreters to help ensure Californians with limited English receive the right medical treatment. "We are enrolling over a million new people into Medi-Cal," said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). "This is just the first step. The point is to ensure that coverage translates into quality health care. Since many Californians cannot speak English, we need interpreters to ensure patients can communicate with their doctors effectively."
(Sacramento) – Applying for college and financial aid can be a daunting task. Many students who are eligible, simply don’t apply because there are so many hoops to jump through. California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) authored legislation to make the process a little more streamlined. If passed, Assembly Bill 2160 would require school districts to electronically submit the grade point average (GPA) of all graduating high school seniors to the Student Aid Commission. “Education is the greatest gift we can give to our children,” said Assemblymember Ting at a press conference announcing the introduction of AB 2160, co-authored by State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo). “California is providing more help than ever to help families pay for college, but too many students leave aid on the table. Students who apply for aid are twice as likely to enroll in college and more likely to graduate. This simple solution will ensure more students get help getting ahead.” Assemblymember Ting was joined at the press conference by Senator Hill, Dr. Orville Jackson of Ed Trust-West and Dr. Diana Fuentes-Michel of the California Student Aid Commission. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more about AB 2160.
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, gave Governor Jerry Brown high marks for his 2014 State of the State address. Following the speech to a joint session of the California State Legislature, Ting said he was pleased with California's progress to restore financial stability and to investing in education. However, Ting expressed concern about the growth of corrections spending.
California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) spoke on the Assembly Floor in strong support of AB 1266 – legislation that will enable transgender students to participate in sports and other activities at school based on their gender identities. This measure is an important strengthening of the rights of transgender students so that they may have the same opportunity to participate and succeed as others. Hear Assemblymember Ting's speech in this Assembly Access Video
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D--San Francisco), joined by Assemblymembers Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), and students from the UC, CSU, and California Community Colleges, gathered on the steps of the Capitol to promote a package of legislation to improve California's Cal Grant financial aid program. Assemblymember Ting's legislation, Assembly Bill 1364, will help ensure fairness and allow California students to achieve their educational aspirations by bringing the amount of the Cal Grant access award to $5,900 - where it would be today if it had rightfully kept pace with inflation. Further AB 1364 ties the award to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) going forward. Here's more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) was encouraged by Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address. Assemblymember Ting believes the Governor is correct in his vision of fiscal responsibility, while funding education to move California forward into the future. Assemblymember Ting was also heartened that the Governor specifically spoke of the need to put more resources toward students that come from disadvantaged backgrounds or who may be struggling to learn English. Hear more in this Assembly Access Video.